Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 17 March 2031 Monday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 16 March 2031 at 06:36.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1928".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2031 after 21 days on 7 April 2031 at 17:21.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 385 of Meeus index or 1338 from Brown series.
Length of current 385 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 386 length.
Length of current synodic month is 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠41.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠70.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 18:58, this is 15 days after last apogee on 2 March 2031 at 18:57 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 30 March 2031 at 15:24 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 369 634 km (229 680 mi) away from Earth. It is 7 126 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 722 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its ascending node on 14 March 2031 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 March 2031 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 15 March 2031 at 19:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.353°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.242° in the next northern standstill on 29 March 2031 at 04:58 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 23 March 2031 at 03:49 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.